News ID: 317331
Published: 0314 GMT October 24, 2021

FM: Iran resolved to broaden ties with Azerbaijan

FM: Iran resolved to broaden ties with Azerbaijan
Iran’s FM Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (L), Azerbaijan’s FM Jeyhun Bayramov

Iran said Azerbaijan’s release of two Iranian truck drivers detained last month constitutes a constructive move to clear misunderstandings, expressing Tehran’s keenness to improve and broaden relations with Baku.

In a phone call on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov discussed the latest developments in mutual ties, Press TV wrote.

Amir-Abdollahian said the release of the two Iranian drivers was a “constructive” measure that could prepare the necessary ground for resolving misunderstandings between the two countries.

He also called for more positive steps toward the settlement of possible issues between the two countries and the facilitation of the Iranian trucks’ travel in areas along the common border.

Azerbaijan on Thursday released two Iranian truck drivers whose arrest last month strained ties between Baku and Tehran.

The truck drivers were detained on accusations of trespassing into territories that were liberated last year after nearly three decades of occupation by pro-Armenian forces.

The move marks a thaw between the two countries a week after their foreign ministers agreed to resolve the issue through dialogue.

In a phone call focusing on the latest developments in bilateral ties on October 12, Amir-Abdollahian told Azerbaijan’s FM that any concerns or issues between Tehran and Baku must be resolved through dialogue and cooperation, and also in a calm and friendly atmosphere.

The phone conversation came as the Iranian foreign minister had previously issued a warning concerning certain provocations by the Israeli regime near Iran’s borders in Azerbaijan.

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan in Tehran on October 4, the Iranian foreign minister said the Israeli regime’s presence in the region is a cause for serious concerns, stressing the importance of resolving regional problems without foreign interference.

Elsewhere in his Saturday talks, Amir-Abdollahian said Tehran and Baku need to adopt a positive and forward-looking approach and called for the activation of the joint economic commission between the two countries as soon as possible.

The Azerbaijani foreign minister welcomed the positive steps taken by the two countries to resolve the misunderstandings, stressing the importance of implementing joint economic projects between, which he said would result in positive outcomes, and calling for the joint economic commission to resume work.



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